Should Christians Get Vaccinated?

I was listening to a Christian radio station today as I drove. (It's a long story.) Anyway, there was a talk program on. It soon became clear that the topic was raising children, and the author being interviewed was describing how to handle angry outbursts like throwing toys down the stairs, slamming doors, etc. He was explaining the importance of finding out what your child is feeling in order to determine why they behaved in that way. Rather than discipline them for the wrong behavior, find out why they behaved that way and help them to evaluate whether their response was good. The interviewer responded by saying, "Now some people may be listening and thinking 'This sounds like pop-psychology! I know why my child behaves that way. It's because he is a sinner. That's why!' How would you respond to that?"

The authors response pointed out that it is very important for us to be in touch with our feelings, because God is in touch with his feelings. In fact, we need to validate our children's feelings, because feelings are neither good, nor bad, and we don't have any control over them. To justify this, he quoted the following verse "AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, ‘THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.’"

I'm in touch with my feelings enough to know that I'm very angry now. This author and interviewer were attempting to vaccinate Christians against God's truth.

How does vaccination work? Basically, if we want to prevent you from getting infected by a particular virus, we introduce you to a very small amount of it. This will help you learn how to fight it off. Then if you ever run into the real thing, your body will be prepared to fight against it.

In this case, the interviewer introduced us to a small amount of God's truth, so that the author could teach us how to fight it.

Now whenever somebody points out the importance of obeying God's command to love your children by disciplining them, thousands of people will be well prepared to dismiss God's truth because "children have feelings, too" and because "God was in touch with his feelings." 

Fortunately, the voice of the Lord is powerful. There is no vaccination that can completely protect us from his word. All it takes to undo this particular vaccine is to read Hebrews 12. Remember that verse about God's feelings? Ok, so it's importance is largely explained by Hebrews 12:11: "All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness."

Yes, these vaccinations are weak, but they are so abundant, that it is easy for Christians to spend far more time getting vaccinated against God's word than actually reading it.

If you listen to Christian radio without getting angry on a regular basis, you've grown accustomed to the deadly vaccinations. The prescription is to cut Christian radio from your diet for 4 weeks and listen to an audio recording of the Bible instead. I recommend starting with Galatians and then going to Ezekiel.

Comments

Radio

There is good Christian radio to be found via Itunes. Issues Etc (LCMS) and the White Horse Inn have good material and Westminster Theological has had a lot of lectures available for download as well dealing with things like missions, the Reformation, patristics, etc.

The other vaccine issue

Thanks for this post, Joseph. I thought you were going to get into the aborted fetal cell lines that are in several of the current vaccines. I recently got a letter to the editor published in my local paper about that:

http://todayorthatday.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/no-more-barbarism-stop-ki...

Dear Joseph, Thanks for the

Dear Joseph,
Thanks for the encouragement to turn off the radio and instead focus on God's Word. My CD player broke a long time ago, so I've defaulted to listening to oldies when I'm driving. I need to dig up my cassette tapes of the NT and do some listening.

David: Yes, there is much

David: Yes, there is much worth listening to. But rarely is it found by turning on the radio. :)

Daniel: It's your fault I was listening to the Christian radio station. FYI. :) Thank you for your letter to the editor. (But sadly that "whole class" of people is mighty small, methinks.)

Andrew: In my opinion, oldies are better than Christian radio, in general. But listening to the Bible would be far better still.

-Joseph

Yes, yes, yes

The person being interviewed is very strategic--anticipate your strongest argument against him, then take all the wind out of your sails by claiming it validates his point. VERY sneaky.

Thank you, Joseph, for exposing the wolf in sheep's clothing.

Right on

"I'm in touch with my feelings enough to know that I'm very angry now. This author and interviewer were attempting to vaccinate Christians against God's truth."

Right on. Thank you for your work Joseph!

>>> It's your fault I was

>>> It's your fault I was listening to the Christian radio station

Funny, that reminds me that when I changed the battery in that car, the radio's theft protection kicked in and I had to enter a code to get the radio to play again. Otherwise when you turned it on the LCD panel just said "SAFE".

Maybe that was more true than the engineers knew, huh? Maybe I should have left well enough alone. :)